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This game is a very very good game.
controls- the controls are very well planed out and different but easy to get used to if you play 1st or 3rd person shooters.
Graphics-the graphics are'nt anything to write home about but are made up for with gmaeplay they are sort of cartoony but but just enough to not be.
Audio-the audio work is quite impressive musical and sound effects are defintently over par and very good.
Gameplay-this is the best part of the game being that you can flank positions and have to go to diferent parts of the city to get supplys or take out a helipad to stay safe from they're gunships and the way they have the shooting put up is that you have no fireing reticule just the middle of the screen and no HUD for increased realism it's honestly one of the best games that ive played.
this game might not be big like halo but it is an overlooked game due to being used as downtime till the release of the next hitman game it is really too bad that the newest spongebob squarepants game gets a review in game magazines and this one didn't.
A stylized experience in the fashion of "Red Dawn"
posted by imperial (WILLIAMSVILLE, VT) Dec 27, 2006
Member since Oct 2005
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First of all I must say that this game is a true buried treasure...FF integrates story,action and gameplay so much better than more mainstream games. Freedom Fighters is a must have. You start the game fleeing among masses of pedestrians following a Soviet Invasion of NYC. FF just rockets from there with multibranched missions, action packed kinetic gameplay and a fascinating storyline about The Soviets winning the Cold War and gradually conquering the free world until America stands alone and then itself is invaded. This game just screams style from the fringe animated look of the characters to the way the main character gets gaunter and grimmer as the storyline progresses. And your character Chris a NYC plumber will start off the game acting like a frightened and bewildered deer in the headlights but he will evolve both visually and mentally into a hardened rebel and Veteran squad commander as he(you)fends off the Red menace. Now one thing which is an issue but a trivial one is FF's graphics arent great. The textures all seem to be in solid 16 bit colors and the models look like dreamcast rejects. That being said you shouldn't let graphics detur you from Freedom fighters. It really is a rare and unique experience. A diamond overlooked. graphics-7(toonish and stylized yet not otherwise impressive) audio-10(symphonic and orchestral gothic scores betray a feeling of foreboding and dread) presentation-10(easy and comfortable interface with whippingly quick load times) Fun factor-9(a fraggingly good time with smart AI's and actually useful squadmates not to mention a large arsenal of weapons which each behave differently, although mission variety is sometime a tad absent) difficulty-moderately easy(harder further in) buy/rent-buy(honestly,you would be doing yourself a disservice not to own this one)
posted by NRGundlah (SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA) Jun 3, 2006
Member since Apr 2005
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Visual: The graphics won't blow you away, but they definitely work. There's no slowdown and some of the effects that change as the game progress such as the look of your character and the beginnings of snowfall are really nice touches. The art style is interesting, with kind-of-but-not-really cartoonish characters mixed with the basic smoldering urban war zone environment. The cutscenes are done with the game engine itself, which is always impressive.
Audio: The voiceovers are typical fare. The Russians have that husky accent and the Americans have that patriotic tone as they fight. The music is very impressive with dramatic pieces cuing in on key moments. Gunfire and explosions achieve average status with nothing overly exciting or impacting dropping you into the experience of a firefight.
Mechanics: The controls are a bit of a departure from the normal Third Person game, but they don't take long to get used to. It won't give you troubles overly often, but in the heat of battle, missing a button because of the slightly clunky inventory system can set you back a bit. The camera won't give you problems at all.
Gameplay: You play Chris, a former plumber who has now turned revolutionary against the Soviet Army that has taken over New York in an alternate past where the Soviets got The Bomb first. Working from the sewers, Chris goes on a series of missions which in turn builds his charisma, allowing him to command more minions at one time. The squad control is superb and your allies never become a hindrance and eventually become your biggest weapon. A later mission where you have to go solo is extremely difficult with the loss of your valuable team mates. The levels are huge. I mean freaking massive, and they allow multiple paths to travel so you can flank the abundant Soviet machine gun positions. It's incredible that the loading times are as short as they are.
Anyway, playing through the struggle of these Freedom Fighters is great. An overlooked gem.